The countryside of Wales
was the birthplace of the name Boffin. Boffin originally started out as a name for a small or short man, derived from the Welsh
word "bach," which means "little."
Early Origins of the Boffin family
The surname Boffin was first found in Denbighshire
(Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales
created by the Laws in Wales
Act 1536, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Boffin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boffin research.Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1450, 1545, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Boffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boffin Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Boffin has seen various spelling variations: Baugh, Bach, Bagh, Bawgh, Baughe, Bawghe and others.
Early Notables of the Boffin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boffin family to the New World and Oceana
migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh
families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Boffin: Thomas Baugh, who sailed to Virginia in 1619. John Baugh journeyed to Barbados in 1671; Jonathan Baugh arrived in Virginia in 1729; Peter Baugh sailed to Philadelphia in 1832.